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How to be confident on public speaking ?

How to be confident on public speaking?

Thank you comment icon Here is a good article with tips on public speaking that I found helpful: https://professional.dce.harvard.edu/blog/10-tips-for-improving-your-public-speaking-skills/ Munira Nasser Webb

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Karishma’s Answer

Start by practicing few lines. Talk to yourself, in the mirror and then by gathering your friends and family members. Maintain eye contact with your audience. Start your talk by taking a deep breathe.
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Purva’s Answer

great question Chin, below are few questions that help you be more confident:
1. Prepare and write down the speech word by word
2. Memorize the speech
3. Record yourself
4. Practice Under Mild Stress
5. Ask for feedback

There’s no magic in delivering a great speech, but if you rehearse effectively, your audience will be mesmerized. Set aside hours of rehearsal time before your next critical presentation. It will pay off more than you can imagine.
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Archived’s Answer

Definitely start with a small audience and on a topic with which you are comfortable.
It does help to rehearse what you are going to talk about several times beforehand. There are some clubs devoted to helping people become better public speakers and many helpful links on the Internet, e.g., see Toastmasters International at https://www.toastmasters.org/.
Here is one about Steve Jobs and public speaking: https://princetonpublicspeaking.com/public-speaking-tips/steve-jobs-public-speaking/
Also, it is important not to read from a script. This is extremely boring for the audience; they will shut-down and stop listening.
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Melisa’s Answer

Chin,

Kumusta ka! Great question, thanks for asking.

You have some great advice here. I'll just add that every audience, no matter the size, is an opportunity to practice speaking in front of others. Whether you are at a small gathering with family and friends, or a larger school or work event, practice your speaking skills and delivery of information.

I took a local class on "stand-up comedy" for fun but also to learn to become more comfortable speaking in front of groups. This helped me gain confidence and also learn how to write, organize and memorize material. One of my favorite memories was our class graduation where we each had 5 minutes of stage time to perform our own materials. I'll never forget that 5 minutes on stage and how good it felt once it was done and hearing the audience cheer. Believe me, people want to see you succeed and will be supportive.

Also, as others have shared, practice on your own, record yourself, ask others to time you and give you advice. With a lot of practice, you'll start to feel more confident with speaking to groups of all sizes.

Best wishes to you in your public speaking and future career goals. Check back and let us know how you are doing!

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Check to see if there are local community groups or classes that provide an opportunity for you to practice public speaking.
Volunteer. Volunteering can help you build your network and possibly find opportunities to speak in front of others.
Check-out sites and watch videos, like Ted Talks on people delivering presentations.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. This is a very common question to many students.
This is more a question for practice and develop your self confidence.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Attend some public speaking courses to learn techniques
2. Prepare the scripts in advance and memorize it
3. Practise in front of the mirror. Record it if possible. It can help you to improve
4. Do practise in front of small group of people you are familiar, e.g. your family, friends, etc.
5. Have enough rest and relax
Practise makes perfect! It can really help. Be confidence to yourself!
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Albert’s Answer

Hi Chin,

Here are some tips that I found may be beneficial to you when looking to improve your public speaking skills. Hope this helps!

1. Rehearse When You're Alone.
2. Record Videos of Yourself and Critique Them.
Practice Speaking in Front of Family and Friends.
3. Attend Public Speaking Events and Ask Questions.
4. Take Public Speaking Courses.
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Pam’s Answer

Public speaking can be intimidating mainly because people are afraid to make a mistake and what would happen from that.
1. What I try to advise is to ask yourself "What's the worst thing that would happen if I didnt say this correctly?" and the great thing to remember is - you can fix it. You just correct yourself. Everyone in that room understands and likely has the same nerves about public speaking as you do. And - no one knows what you wanted to say so they wont know if you were wrong (excluding data/facts)
2. Show confidence! Dress comfortably. The last thing you want is to be in front of the lights or people, and already nervous and now your clothes are too tight or too loose and it's too hot (or cold).
3. Memorizing things can be hard for some and it can often cause you to trip yourself trying to remember things. So pick those top key points and tell a story around them that will help connect your goal to the audience.
4. Ask to see the room before you speak so you can envision yourself there. Pick 2-3 spots on the stage and walk to them and certain points of your speech. Don't wander around the stage - it will be too distracting. For example: Start your speech in the center. Then make your first key point stage left. Then second point stage right. And your conclusion in the center.
5. Don't forget to wrap up your speech. Sometimes things that were said at the beginning can be forgotten so you want to make sure you bring it back home.
6. Watch your pace so you dont talk too fast but speak as if you are talking to a friend who is there.
Small things to think about -
7. What you eat/drink - try to avoid carbonated or gassy foods a few hours and sip on a tea or something that will help relax you. Contrary to what you think would work, energy drinks will just get you the wrong kind of energy you need and can make you antsy.
8. Have a trusted advisor/friend - before you begin, chat with them about their day to calm your nerves and let them give you that final boost before you go live.
Good luck! You will do great!!
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